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beekeeper's apprentice

I can’t believe that Groundhog’s Day has passed and we will soon be celebrating Chinese New Year on February 10th! I have a difficult time in the winter; I don’t like the cold, short days and I really miss the sun. So this year, I thought a good way to tackle the winter blues would be to curl up with one of my favorite book series of all time.

Author Laurie King’s character, Mary Russell, an intelligent girl who has lost her parents, has come to live on the Sussex Downs with an aunt who has no use for Mary, but does have use for her money. On one of her many walks (to get away from her cold Aunt), Mary happens to come across a quirky older man who is none other than Sherlock Holmes. Despite their many differences, these two unusual people form a connection and Mary becomes part of Holmes’ life and a particular favorite of his friend, Watson and his housekeeper Mrs. Watson.

The series starts with The Beekeeper’s Apprentice (the beekeeper being Sherlock Holmes) and Ms. King just released the 12th in the series, Garment of Shadows. I am in the middle of the 7th in the series, The Game, which is set in India in 1924. When I am finished, I will have to read Rudyard Kipling’s Kim, as Kimball O’hara is the person Russell and Holmes are sent to find. After Kim I will return to children’s literature and start reading the new award books. (It’s award season in the book world, too.) Next year’s Monarch, Bluestem, and Caudill lists will also be released soon. I can’t wait to see them!

What do you read during the cold (and some not so cold) days of winter. Please comment below!

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